Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is back for the team’s divisional playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals. His recovery sounds really painful.
Henry is putting it all on the line against the Bengals, as the Titans have a chance to submit their ticket to the AFC Championship game. Beating Cincinnati and Joe Burrow will not be an easy test, which is why the Titans need Henry at as close to full strength as possible.
The blowing ball of a human is one of the more electric players in all of football. He’s nearly impossible to tackle one on one, and when he gets a full head of steam, good luck.
To get ready for Saturday’s game, Henry has gone through hell. He broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot earlier this season, and will finally make his return today, albeit with a metal plate in his foot.
Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry makes long-awaited return
Henry wasn’t guaranteed to return by the postseason, which is why the No. 1 seed and first-round bye was so important to a team like the Titans. Not only did it give Tennessee extra rest, but it allowed Henry to take his time during the bye week.
The metal plate has two purposes, per Rapoport:
"“The metal plate is a modified orthotic to protect the foot from stress and stop it from flexing. It takes pressure off the repaired area to keep it safe while he’s running and cutting. He can run without any reservations…As for the plate, it’s considered more secure and stable than simply inserting a screw into the repaired metatarsal. Henry actually has one plate and five screws in his foot.”"
It still sounds incredibly painful.
Nonetheless, if anyone can handle that sort of hurt, it’s Henry given the amount of pain he gives out on a weekly basis.
The King is back.